SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022 AT 4:00 PM

Ukraine Benefit Concert offered May 22 at Peace Lutheran Church

Photo courtesy of the Lutheran World Relief site.

As the humanitarian crisis continues to deepen in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, Peace Lutheran Church is offering a way for people in western Nevada County to help.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Peace Lutheran Church will host a ‘Ukraine Benefit Concert’, featuring outstanding local musicians performing a variety of entertaining music.

“One of our missions at Peace Lutheran is to help those in need,” said Walt Strony, artistic advisor for Arts@Peace, the group sponsoring the concert. “A few years ago, we held a benefit concert for victims of the Houston flood. We found that our community was looking for a way to help, and help they did! Numerous musicians donated their talents, and the public supported it in a big way – both by their attendance and their contributions. We are hoping to repeat that success for Ukraine.”


Musicians include the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, with George Husaruk, director; an Auburn-based flute ensemble known for its ragtime music; vocalists Eric Howe and Anne Vaaler; violist Jonathan Phillips; classical pianist Toby Thomas-Rose; ragtime pianist Michael Chisholm; and hornist Phil Richardson, playing the rarely heard Wagner tuba, which was invented by Richard Wagner as a bridge between the French horn and trombone.

Finally, organist and entertainer Thom Greathouse will perform one of his popular cabaret sets. Strony will play Peace’s new organ, purchased with community support and honoring the memory of the late Music in the Mountains co-founder Paul Perry. Some of the musicians will perform special music honoring Ukraine.

“We like to include lots of variety in our concerts, and this event will be no exception,” said Strony.


Admission will be by donation; no gift is too small to make a difference. All donations will be sent to Lutheran World Relief, earmarked for Ukraine Relief; checks may be made out to that organization. Lutheran World Relief is funded entirely by the Lutheran Church, so none of the money collected will be used for administration costs. Information on this nonprofit organization’s response to the Ukraine crisis can be found at Situation Report No. 4: War in Ukraine | Lutheran World Relief (

A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the concert, when the audience can meet the musicians.  Masks will be required due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

Peace Lutheran Church is 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley.

More Info:; Office: 530/273-9631

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